The Right Shoes

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” — Marilyn Monroe

Women naturally love shoes and there is no need to wonder why. Marilyn Monroe was right, all that a woman needs is the right pair of shoes—the shoes that can accompany her through thick and thin. The pair that can uplift her spirits and make her more confident with whatever she has to face throughout the days of her life.

No matter how we look at it, our shoes greatly affect our performance and mood. If your shoes are too small or you heels are too high, your feet will be in great discomfort and it will affect your posture and the way you face other people. Even though you might have gazillions of pairs at home, there are must-keeps. What most women fail to realize is that they don’t have to invest in so many pairs of shoes since all they need are 5 to get by with style.

The Pumps

Who wouldn’t keep a pair of these gorgeous and versatile babies? If you still got no pumps, you better start looking for one now. The most wearable are black or neutral pumps. They can be used on a daily basis without causing your feet too much discomfort. Also, they are best for working girls who are just too tired of wearing their all-time high stilettos. If your pumps would be used for working days, it’s best that you buy one that is only 2-inch high.

The Flats

Flats are best whenever you are feeling dainty and you want to wear a dress. Bright-coloured flats would add extra bites on your whole outfit, and the best thing about flats is that they do not cause much pressure on your feet since they are in the resting position. However, look for one that can provide enough cushioning for your feet.

The Strappy Heels

Once you get invited to a formal gathering, you really need your good old pair of strappy heels. They are best for parties and occasions, and they will surely give you the confidence you need to stand out and be the apple of every Adam’s eyes.

The Sneakers

No matter how bad you are at sports, you really need a pair of sneakers. They are not only handy for your out-of-this-world trips that require you to be physically active, but they can also be your best friend once you decide that you want to modify your lifestyle and start going to the gym.

The Slip-Ons

Nowadays flip-flops seem to be the new high-heeled shoes as you can see pedestrians everywhere wearing their favourite pair. However, these darlings should not be used, especially if you are going to jog, run, or even play basketball. Originally, they were made for you to use whenever you’re beside the beach or at the side of the pool. Since this is the case, they do not give you the support and cushioning your feet require whenever you need to do physical sports.

 

Sophisticated Ways in Serving Chicken

Nowadays, chicken becomes a boring alternative for pork. The fried and grilled ways of cooking chicken have been overused so many times, that more and more people are already switching to seafood to answer their nutritional needs, as well as to satisfy their taste buds.

It cannot be denied that chicken packs good nutrients in its meat minus the skin. Thus, it still stands a chance to become a favorite again in the dinner table. That is why some people are trying to restore the popularity of the chicken by thinking of ways to serve them with sophistication. Home cooks will be able to produce restaurant- worthy chicken meals with these recipes:

Chicken with Cider and Bacon Sauce

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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 breast halves about 6 ounces, skinless and boneless
  • ½ fat- free, less sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened apple cider
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ fresh onion, minced
  • 2 bacon slices, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare a heavy plastic wrap and place each of the halves between two sheets. Using a rolling pin or a meat mallet, flatten the skinless, boneless chicken breasts until it reaches ½ inch thick.
  2. Get the salt and pepper and spread them evenly on the chicken.
  3. In a nonstick skillet, fry bacon at a medium heat. Turn the heat off when the bacon is crisp enough. Remove them immediately.
  4. Transfer the chicken to the pan and cook each side for at least 6 minutes. After cooking, remove the chicken breasts but keep them warm.
  5. In the pan, place the onions and cook them for two minutes. Do not forget to stir occasionally.
  6. Pour broth and cider into the pan and boil them. Loosen brown bits in the pan by scraping. For 5 minutes, cook the broth until it is reduced to half a cup.
  7. Stir the mixture well and gradually put bacon.
  8. Serve the chicken with the sauce made from the mixture.

Swiss Chicken Bundles

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INGREDIENTS

  • 8 dried lasagna noodles, packaged
  • 1 ½ cups process Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cps ricotta cheese or  cream-style cottage cheese, drained
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup cooked chicken, about 8 ounces, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ fresh tarragon or basil, snipped OR ¼ teaspoon dried tarragon or basil, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • Fresh tarragon sprigs (optional)
  • Paprika or snipped parsley (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Follow the package instructions in cooking dried lasagna noodles. Drain the excess liquid. Pour cold water in the noodles and drain again.
  2. Mix egg, cream cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, chicken and 1 ½ teaspoons of tarragon and basil in a stirring bowl. This will be for the filling of the chicken bundles.
  3. Spread the lasagna noodles and pour 1/3 cup of the filling over them. Starting atthe short end, roll the noodles and secure sides into seams.
  4. Prepare a 2 quart baking dish and carefully lay the bundles, seam-side down.  Leave them for a while.
  5. The margarine or butter should be melted in a saucepan to create the sauce. Pour flour, pepper, salt and mustard, and stir them well.
  6. Pour milk in the mixture while stirring. Wait until the sauce is bubbly and thick before adding cheese.
  7. Drip the  sauce on the chicken bundles and be careful not to waste any of them.
  8. Using foil, cover the chicken bundles securely.
  9. Put the dish into the oven and bake them. The suggested temperature would be 375 degree Farenheit. Leave the dish for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Remove the dish in the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes at maximum.
  11. Pour the remaining sauce over the bundles and sprinkle with parsley or sprigs if desired.

Herbed Chicken and Dumplings

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INGREDIENTS

  • Cooking Spray
  • ¼ cup 1% low fat milk
  • 8 ounces boneless and skinless chicken thighs, bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • ¾ cup celery, diagonally cut into ¼ inch
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ½  cup carrots, diagonally cut into ¼ inch
  • 2.25 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3  parsley sprigs
  • 3 cups fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare a saucepan and turn it on medium heat. Coat the inside with a cooking spray.
  2. Cook the chicken for 4 minutes, making sure that all sides are brown.
  3. Keep the chicken warm after removing them from the pan.
  4. Put celery, carrots, onion, thyme, parsley sprigs and the bay leaf in the pan. For 5 minutes, saute these ingredients or until onion is tender.
  5. Retrieve the cooked chicken and carefully placed them in the pan. Let the heat set for 1 minute before pouring the chicken broth and boiling them together.
  6. Reduce the heat as you cover the pan. Wait for  30 minutes for everything to simmer down.
  7. Pour an appropriate amount of flour in a dry measuring cup for the dumplings.
  8. Prepare a medium bowl and place the following inside: flour, salt, baking powder and chopped parsley. Pour milk and stir constantly.
  9. After getting a moist mixture, use a teaspoon to add little balls of it in the broth.
  10. Again, cover the pan and give another 30 minutes to simmer.
  11. Discard the bay leaf and parsley sprigs when the dumplings are done.

Cooking sophisticated meals at home do not need the use of complicated and expensive materials and ingredients. With the rise of professional home cooks who share their discoveries in serving elegant meals at home, there’s also a chance for foodies at heart to serve 5 –star meals to the family.

 

How to Fake a Beach Wave Hairstyle

Beach wave is no doubt the favourite hairstyle among girls during summer. This hairstyle is basically a result of the humidity and activities during summer. But exposing the hair with this harsh weather may not be appealing to many. Other girls may want to achieve the beachy wave tresses but are afraid on the risk of damaging it.

With the right tools and hair products, it is now recreated in many different techniques by girls who are bored with simple straight hair and with less damage than actually having it the regular way. So now, let us start discussing on how to achieve this fun and sexy tousled hair look so you can be appropriately stylish during the summer.

You can begin working with your hair the night before you want to go with a beachy wave hairstyle. First you need a fresh shampooed hair. Then give it a dollop of mousse or hair texturizer so that the effect will last for a long time. Next, part your hair in equal portions and create a neat, tight braid in each and every section. If you want to ensure that the braid will do the trick, apply another dollop of your mousse or texturizer after you finish braiding your hair.

After you have applied the styling product, it is up to you if you want to sleep with your hair wet, or blow it dry first. If you wish to sleep with wet hair, bear in mind that wet hair is more prone to damage and breakage. But the effect of not drying your hair is a more polished and refined waves in the morning. Once you have decided on what to do, then you can now have your beauty sleep and let the transformation of your hair take effect.

If you want a more volumized hair with really good texture, try raiding your hair into finer braids. Create many smaller sections of hair to braid so that the curls will be more defined. But if you want large, romantic waves, chunkier section of braids is the way to go. With either looks, make it certain that the braids you do is neat, tight and even so that the end result of the pleating will look nice.

In the morning, allow more time for the waves to set by simply doing your morning routine. Then all you have to do next is to unravel your braids and run your fingers to loosen your hair a bit. You can opt to use a detangling spray or leave your hair with no styling products at all if you want bouncier waves. Excessive styling products can weigh down your hair and may lessen the waviness of your beachy hairstyle.

Make sure that the crown area is not flat. The waves that your braids created may not reach the roots of your hair resulting to a flatten crown. Lift your roots with a teasing comb and spray a volumizing product so that some definition is added to the top of your head.

For girls who have short bangs, it would be hard to include it into your braids. So you might as well swept it into one side or pin it up with a little pouf. You can also use a curling iron to lightly create waves at the ends and to add some volume to it.

A Shopper’s Shoe Shopping Guide

Shopping is a woman’s best friend, and there is really no need to wonder why. Some may have all the luxury in the world while others do not. But no matter where one belongs socially, there is no stopping in shopping either for necessities or for pure wants.

When looking for your favourite items, there are many things you need more than to consider. They say that frugal shopping is forever best, but this is not always applicable in all situations. One of the most common mistakes done by shoppers is that they have this tendency to compare prices without comparing the quality of the products. Ladies, if you find yourself caught in the middle of choosing quality and a cheaper price, always choose the former, especially when you are buying your own footwear.

So why choose quality? It’s like buying the cheapest brand of hair dye. Once you apply it unto your scalp and hair, there is really no turning back no matter how bad the results may be. Yes, you were able to save for hair colour but the problem is, your hair became dry, frizzyand unmanageable. Since this is the case, you have to either go to a salon for treatment or buy products that will regenerate your hair. Now tell me, when you saved your few pennies, what was the price you had to pay?

The Shoe Bible

Just like in many other products, there are a lot of factors you might want to keep in mind when shopping for shoes. This is again, to avoid probabilities of losing money just because the product did not work the way you expected it to.

  • The Size: Never buy footwear that is either too big or too small. Many people suffer from blisters on their feet just because of wrong shoe size. To avoid this, always fit the shoes before buying and walk with it. If you feel even the slightest discomfort, no matter how beautiful those shoes are, walk away. There is really no point in buying those gorgeous shoes if they aren’t comfortable. You need not only consider quality, but comfort as well.
  • The Quality: Now, there is a big difference between buying fake and original brands and I’m pretty sure you already know that. However, not because the shoes are branded, it can already assure you that it’s of high quality. Be an active shopper by looking at even the tiniest details of the shoes. Look for loose threads, especially when you’re buying sneakers. Also, try to figure out if all the materials are perfectly glued together. The problem with buying low-quality shoes is that they easily get broken, and once that happens, you’d find yourself shopping for another pair.
  • Know When to Resist: Although it might really be tempting to buy a new pair of shoes, you don’t need to keep a hundred pairs on your shoe closet. Look for what’s more neutral—a pair that can complement most of your outfits, and if the shoe you’ve been eyeing does not fall in that criteria, then better say no.

 

25 Things To Do Before You Turn 25

Thought Catalog

1. Make peace with your parents. Whether you finally recognize that they actually have your best interests in mind or you forgive them for being flawed human beings, you can’t happily enter adulthood with that familial brand of resentment.

2. Kiss someone you think is out of your league; kiss models and med students and entrepreneurs with part-time lives in Dubai and don’t worry about if they’re going to call you afterward.

3. Minimize your passivity.

4. Work a service job to gain some understanding of how tipping works, how to keep your cool around assholes, how a few kind words can change someone’s day.

5. Recognize freedom as a 5:30 a.m. trip to the diner with a bunch of strangers you’ve just met.

6. Try not to beat yourself up over having obtained a ‘useless’ Bachelor’s Degree. Debt is hell, and things didn’t pan out quite like you expected…

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For One Hot Momma: Great Makeover Ideas All New Moms Would Love

Having a baby will certainly turn your whole world upside down. Since you have to attend to various feeding times plus survive all those sleepless nights, there is certainly not enough time for you to care about what you look like. All the stress will surely leave you looking like a mess.

However, being a new mom should not have to make you feel low and look ugly. With just some simple beauty tricks, feeling and looking good is certainly within your reach. If you wish to feel and look like your old self (even better), all you need to do is to give yourself just an inscy wincy makeover. Here are simple tips on making you look like hot momma!

Say Goodbye To Loose and Baggy Clothes

It is true that one should be comfortable in what you wear. It is natural that you will feel a bit fat after giving birth to your child. However, you should not just let yourself looking like a mess. Keep in mind that even though it is comfortable, shapeless outfits will surely not bring any wonders to your womanly figure. Since you are no longer pregnant, there is no need for you to wear your maternity clothes. Once you have given birth, these clothes should be stashed in the storage.

If you wish to look good but you would not wish to sacrifice comfort, then it is best that you opt for bold and attention catching colored tops. Another great fashion tip to make you look a lot slimmer than you feel is to wear blouses with V-neck line.

Make Use of Lip Plumper and Eye Makeup To Bring Out Your Beauty

When it comes to applying makeup, less is more. In order to hide your blemishes and to even out your skin tone, a light concealer is highly recommended.

They say that the eyes is the window to our soul. If you wish to bring out the beauty of your eyes, try dotting a brown eyeliner on the lower and upper lid to do the trick.

Another face feature that you must highlight is your lips. If you are used to putting on makeup, a light shade of lipstick would do. On the other hand, a light gloss will surely be your best bet if you wish to go au naturale. On the other hand, nothing would make your lip gorgeous better than a lip plumper. With a lip plumper, your lips will certainly look a lot gorgeous and sexy. You can easily achieve the lips that your husband will surely love to kiss.

Change Your Hairstyle

We all know that our hair is our crowning glory. This is why finding and getting the best haircut for your feature is the best makeover you can ever do to yourself. If you are not yet ready for a big change, changing hair color, going on a trim, adding some layers or opting for bangs are your best options.

With all these tips, you are sure to get visible results. Rest assured, all these will make your husband and family members notice you in a good way!

Hair and Makeup Professionals – Why Working With An Expert Is Key

There are special occasions in our lives that warrant the use of hair, beauty, and makeup experts. Among the best reasons is using them on your wedding day. Knowing which artist to work with can be a little tricky and employing an expert is very important. Continue reading to know why.

Usually ladies have a trusted hair designer that they hire regularly. But when it comes to make up and beauty care some of them have personal professional hair, beauty and makeup artists available.

When the need arises they don’t have any idea about how to speak to one.

Most ladies would ask for recommendations from friends or family or search online for any local hair, beauty and makeup experts. The beauty business is a huge one with new makeup professionals continuously coming onto the scene. Other artists work at cosmetic counters while some offer products or work in the fashion and entertainment field.

There is a huge difference in employing someone to do your makeup versus booking an expert.  Experts would have attended school or seminars to know what they are doing and have become a legal esthetician or facial experts. Others develop their talents from the ground up, working as assistants. They would be very familiar with working with different brides and other private events.

More hair, beauty and makeup artists make a living working in the movies, TV series, magazines, and catalogue businesses. They will likewise work closely with all kinds of models and thus have several experiences.

An excellent hair, beauty and make up artist will know skin colors and types, as well as bone structures. They will know the proper ways to use and sanitize their tools appropriately. They will likewise have a good understanding of shaping and coloring to suit your natural color and beauty or even hide some of your flaws.

Great hair, beauty and makeup artists always want to keep you satisfied with their service. They can recommend brands to you, but their main goal is not to sell you a line of items. When scouting for hair, beauty and makeup experts do not always choose those that offer lower fees. Photos can really last a lifetime and looking your best on this very special day is very important. It just might be worth spending a few more bucks to get the best makeup artist.

When employing  a makeup professional, always check their reputation and credentials to know if they are really licensed or not. Working with a licensed artist makes you feel a lot more comfortable. You know that they have had the best training to do your hair and makeup very well. They must also bring a portfolio with pictures of their previous works. This way you know you are getting a great hair, beauty and makeup experts and will get exactly what you are spending for.

 

Timber Flooring – What You Need To Know

There are numerous advantages that timber flooring can deliver to your home. It is important to learn more about timber flooring if you will decide to use this type of flooring in your home. Timber floor that is well taken care of can last for decades and it is also easy to maintain and give your home an elegant look. It is not like carpets that are very hard to clean and it doesn’t retain dust mites which can cause allergies to people. There are many ways to clean the timber floor, you can use bleach or a damp mop to wipe away spillage. Another good thing about timber floor is its versatility. Because of this, you can easily decorate the floor with various potentials. Many known experts recommend this type of flooring for those people who like to redesign their home occasionally. You can also avail protective finishes to keep your timber floor from safe from sun-bleaching.

It is also good to know that timber floors get tougher and harder over time. If you are an environmentalist, timber floors are a good choice because it is eco-friendly as it encourages planting more tree in the forest as a replacement. The timbers used for flooring are harvested carefully in the forest while some are recycled. Another good advantage of timber floor is the warmth it brings to your home, not like the stone floors that feels cold on bare feet. There are also timber floors installed with radiant heating that is perfect for winter. It is not slippery even when it is wet.

A lot of people choose timber because of its benefits and character. Timber floors hold numerous burls, pretty knots and variations which makes it more Interesting. There are different designs you use to make the floor more appealing. You can also add wooden pegs as well as popular butterfly wedges to timber floors. There are two types of timber floors; the first one is the hardwood while the other is softwood. Hardwood timbers are the most common type of timber used for flooring and it comes from deciduous trees. The softwood comes from coniferous trees. Oak trees are one of the most popular hardwood timbers because it last longer than other trees. There are also other popular hardwood timber floors you can use such as beech, walnut and maple. You can also find pricey softwood trees like mahogany and teak.

Like any other kinds of flooring, timber flooring has its own disadvantages. It is important to keep the timber floor moisture free as it will deteriorate its life. Make sure that it is properly installed and always use damp cloth to clean it. A dry and well ventilated home is ideal for timber woods. You should also do a regular maintenance to keep your timber flooring in good condition. Another primary downside is the cost of timber flooring. It is more expensive that other types of floor. Another thing, you cannot use timber flooring in your bathroom because of its sensitivity to moisture and humidity.

 

Joyce Del Rosario is a home blogger from Quality Floors, one of the most trusted company offering floor care and maintenance.

The Senyorita’s Guide on Things to Bring When Travelling

The long walks, the exquisite cuisine, the long beaches, the shopping escapades—whether you are visiting a tropical country or a fine city like Paris or London, it is truly undeniable that traveling opens the door to many of the world’s wonder. However, there are many factors that can either be a bridge or a hindrance in experiencing the best out of your trip, and one is traveling light.

Surely, you have heard of the importance of traveling light and packing only the things that you would need. Nevertheless, this principle is still not perfected by many travellers, and the results are most often than not disastrous. Now, if you are visiting a tropical country, you don’t really have to bring your whole wardrobe. Instead, there are a few things you might want to include on your list.

SPF

There is no denying that once you travel to a tropical country, you must be prepared for that beautiful and often scorching sun. However, although you are dying to have those crazy tan lines, you must still protect your skin and wear a sunscreen with the highest SPF possible. This way, you’d be protected for longer hours, and you’d be saved from the hassle of constantly re-applying SPF.

Bathing Suits

This is your chance to show off your curves! Definitely, you wouldn’t want to leave your two-piece behind when visiting those magnificent beaches, and this is why you need to put this on top of your list. Also, since I am quite sure you’d be spending more than a day out on the beach, it is very cost-effective that you buy reversible swimsuits. This way, you’d not only save a few dollars, but you’d also save some space on your luggage.

Flip-Flops

Surely, there is no need for you to wear your high-heeled shoes once you set foot on that white and fine sand. The best thing for you to bring on an outing like this is a pair of flip-flops—a pair can keep you going for hours, minus the stressed calf and aching feet. And if it’s not really crazy hot outside, you might want to just walk barefoot.

Cottony Clothes

If you are planning to pack your sweatshirts with you, then you might want to scratch that idea. Since you are visiting a tropical country, you wouldn’t need those heavily-furred jackets and coats. Instead, you would have to pick clothes which are light and easy to wear.

Sunnies and a Bandana

A simple bandana can go a long way as it can serve as either a big handkerchief that can protect you from dust or an accessory you can use for your hair and neck. Sunglasses, on the other hand, would be your cover up just in case you want to hide those big and fluffy eyebags and you do not have enough time to wear make-up.

Camera

Who travels without a camera, anyway?When traveling anywhere is the world, never forget your friendly and most-trusted camera. As a traveller, it is important that you keep your escapades documented and the best thing to do that is to say cheese a pose for a few shots!

About the Author:

Janella Giselle Domingo is a travel ambassador and blogger from Jurnii’s Rv Rentals.They offer cruises from melbourne and other services. Aside from blogging, she is also currently employed as a Chief Pharmacist at Wesleyan University Hospital and Cardiovascular Center.Despite of her busy schedule as a Chief Pharmacist, she never forgets to indulge in her wanderlust. Connect with her at facebook or drop a line at janellagdomingo@gmail.com.

The Frugal Traveller’s Little Black Book

An escape from reality—that is just one benefit we get from traveling, but while this is true, many are blinded by the perception that traveling equates to great expenditures. Well, basically, you would really have to shell out an amount if you wish to travel, but this does not mean that you have to break a bank just to get the most out of your trip. There are many ways you can travel, minus the extravagance, and believe it or not, once you find and master your own budgeting scheme, you would really fully believe that the best things in life are free—well, ALMOST.

Travel Locally

When I was a child, my biggest dream was to travel the whole world and witness its wonders first hand. However, when I was growing up, I realized that there is so much to see in my own country—tourists spots that are far more beautiful than the ones I’ve seen abroad. And since we are talking about cutting your expenses, you’d definitely agree that traveling locally is a lot cheaper than flying to and from other parts of the world. This means that if you have never practised patriotism before, now is your chance. Traveling within your country will not only help you save more money, but it will surely let you see and appreciate the wonders of your own nation. Not only that, you’d be able to get to know the other sub-groups in your country and the different delicacies you never knew existed.

Plan Ahead

One basic rule: Travel off-peak. Now, if you think you can’t really afford to miss out on all that beach-loving fun during summer, it is best that you book your tickets as early as possible. Through this, you’d be able to avail discounts not only on your plane tickets, but on your accommodation as well.

However, there may be disadvantages when you book these tickets and it is highly recommended that before you avail any promo, you’d study all the details carefully. On the other hand, if you are fairly good at maps, you may opt not to avail these promos and just research ahead of the time for the prices of the possible transportation you could use and the cheapest accommodation you could get. Many of my friends do this, and luckily for them, they are able to save more from doing so.

Travel Light

Yes, I know you have heard this advice a million times before, and it may sound like a cliché, but traveling light will not only save your muscles from stress, but you’d also be saved from fees due to excess baggage. Traveling with one hand carry is enough, and remember to bring only what is necessary.

Punk Out!

When traveling, you do not really need to dine out on all the top-class restaurants just to say that you were able to enjoy your trip to the fullest. Eating at less expensive restaurants and savouring those streetfoods would definitely save you more than a few bucks.